Paxton, Mass. - The Trinity College men's basketball team took a five-point lead into the half but ultimately fell, 60-57, to the Anna Maria Amcats on Sunday afternoon at the Fuller Center. Trinity falls to 7-3 in its final game of the fall semester while the Amcats improve to 3-6. The Bantams return to action for their annual holiday tournament on December 30th and 31st.
Trinity was paced by junior tri-captain Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) who scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting while sophomore Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards. Senior tri-captain Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) led the Bantams with ten rebounds.
Anna Maria had two players finish in double-figures as Mike Rapoza (Charlton, Mass.) scored a game-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds while Sidney Limage (Randolph, Mass.) added 14 points.
Both teams played an even first half as Trinity managed to open up a five-point lead after the first 20 minutes. The Bantams jumped out to an eight-point lead, their largest of the game, near the midway mark of the half after back-to-back layups by junior Jadakis Brooks (Elmira, N.Y.) and Padmore. A three-pointer by Merinder made it 25-19 Trinity before the Amcats answered with a quick, 5-0 run to cut the deficit to one. Trinity eventually went up five on a triple by junior Joseph Bell (Manchester, N.H.) with 1:57 left, the final bucket of the half as neither team managed to score in the final minute-plus.
A three-pointer by Merinder with 16:27 left to play in the second half put the visitors ahead, 38-31, however Anna Maria responded with a 15-0 run that spanned nearly seven minutes, to open up a 46-38 advantage. The Amcats held the Bantams at arms length before a pair of free throws by junior tri-captain Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) cut the deficit to 53-52 with 4:20 left to play. Ralph Grasso Jr. (Marlborough, Mass.) buried a clutch three-pointer for Anna Maria with 46 seconds left to extend the lead to five, 60-55, as Trinity's bid to force overtime fell just short.